Saturday, May 18 2013 9:26 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:26:22 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Members of two Memphis gangs were convicted yesterday of first degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and criminal attempt to commit voluntary manslaughter. Cedric Mims, 17, and AllenMore >>
Members of two Memphis gangs were convicted yesterday of first degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and criminal attempt to commit voluntary manslaughter.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:19 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:19:39 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Grizzlies will begin its series against the San Antonio Spurs Sunday afternoon. Tickets for the first game in the series at FedExForum will go on sale Saturday at noon. Playoff ticketsMore >>
Tickets for the first game in the series against the San Antonio Spurs at FedExForum will go on sale Saturday at noon.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:44:16 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools' top teachers are being honored in a new exhibit. In the South Main Arts District today MCS unveiled the multimedia exhibit titled "I teach. I am...an Irreplaceable." TheMore >>
Memphis City Schools' top teachers are being honored in a new exhibit.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:24:52 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Hurricane is home.The Hunt family was reunited with their three-year-old English bulldog today at Memphis Animal Services.MAS is reviewing video footage to see who turned the dog in.The dogMore >>
The Hunt family was reunited with their three-year-old English bulldog today at Memphis Animal Services.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:24:17 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Timothy Pollard and his family started waiting in line for Grizzlies tickets at five Saturday morning. "10 of us, a bunch of us with sandwiches and food because we had already made a plan thatMore >>
Some Grizzlies fans are deterred by the higher cost of playoff tickets.More >>
SAVANNAH, TN -
(WMC-TV) - He was once a married state senator from the Mid-South who ran for office on family values. Then, he was caught in an affair with an intern, which led to extortion, and eventually cost him his marriage and his career.
These days, former Tennessee state senator Paul Stanley splits his time between his home in Franklin and his boyhood home in Savannah. It's a sharp contrast to 2009, when Stanley's sexual relationship with a state capitol intern and subsequent extortion attempt was an open book.
Stanley has since written a book detailing his fall from grace - a long descent for the ultra conservative Republican with a political foundation built on "family values".
"I was not a person who just went after interns," Stanley said. "I mean that, you know, wasn't what I did at all."
But Stanley admits he set his sights on 22-year-old intern McKensie Morrison her first day on the job.
"I had someone ask me - it was actually a pastor friend mine - said, 'When did you know you were going to have an affair with her?' And I said, 'The moment I laid eyes on her.'"
Their relationship went from professional to personal a month later.
"I just knew it was probably going to be an easy opportunity to cross that line," Stanley said.
According to Stanley, the affair began the same day as the Stanford Financial scandal that eventually cost him his job as a financial advisor. But it was his behavior in the bedroom that eventually cost him much more.
"Our affair lasted about five and a half (to) six weeks," he said.
The decision to end the affair was mutual.
"I wasn't maintaining the values and the lifestyle that I needed to," Stanley said.
When they parted, Stanley said, he gave Morrison a disc of about a half a dozen explicit photos he had taken of her at his Nashville apartment. Stanley said he was not in any of the photos.
"I gave them to her just to show her I wasn't going to do anything with them. I'd forgotten about them," he said.
But he was reminded through text messages sent by Morrison's boyfriend, Joel Watts, who threatened to blackmail him with the photos.
"I knew I was in over my head," he said.
Before going to his wife, Stanley reported Watts to the TBI.
"What he was doing was wrong. What I had done was wrong, and it needed to stop, and it needed to stop then," he said.
Within 48 hours, Watts was arrested and confessed to felony facilitation of extortion. A day later, Stanley confessed his affair to his wife.
"First question she asked was did I love her, and I said no," he said.
Their marriage did not survive Stanley's infidelity, and pressure for him to resign from the senate mounted.
"When I did resign from the senate, I had no professional career," he said. "I had no political career, so life went down to zero."
Now, Stanley is ready for the public to hear what he says is the whole story.
"There was a whole lot more that happened before, during and after the affair, with the extortion and the aftermath, than people read in the paper," he said.
Morrison has denied any involvement in the extortion attempt and was never charged.
"I'm not a bad person, extortionist (or) wild woman on the hunt for me," she said in a 2009 interview. "I'm a normal girl."
But in Watts' written plea agreement, the claims the idea to use the photos as weapons of extortion came from McKensie Morrison. Stanley says text messages - revealed only in his book - lead him to believe Morrison and Watts were working together.
"Joel Watts is a deranged person to say the least," he said. "I think McKenzie is too - to a certain extent - a very troubled young lady."
Today, Stanley is political editor of The Christian Post, an online publication. He has no desire to return to politics, and is dating again.
"Someone that is really just a very Godly person that I've developed an incredible friendship with," he said.
Stanley said he is trying to make the best of a new life he never imagined, and living with regrets.
"What I was doing was not so much hypocritical as it was sinful. I mean it was wrong. It's wrong any way you cut it," he said. "We're all tempted in some area of our life. We just have to figure out how to deal with that."
Stanley's book, "The Extortion of Forgiveness," will be released early next year.
Morrison did not respond to Action News 5's requests to talk about the book. Meanwhile, Joel Watts is serving one year probation for his guilty plea. Action News 5 has not been able to reach him for comment.
Friday, May 17 2013 11:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:05:19 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South family pet was taken outside of a Memphis Home Depot Store. There are new leads in the case, but still no arrests. Halyn Hunt, 14, said a 3-year-old English Bulldog named HurricaneMore >>
A Mid-South family pet was taken outside of a Memphis Home Depot Store. There are new leads in the case, but still no arrests.More >>
Click here to see how much you would take home depending on which state you bought your winning lottery ticket in. BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Millions of people try their luck on big lottery games likeMore >>
Millions of people try their luck on big lottery games like Powerball every week. We wonder what the odds actually are that you'll choose the winning combinations. WAFB's Keitha Nelson talks with an expert on numbers.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:25:58 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a statewide AMBER Alert for a Georgia girl believed to be abducted by her father. The TBI believes they may travel through Tennessee on their wayMore >>
The 2-year-girl who was the center of a multi-state AMBER Alert was found safe at Southand Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis Friday.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:26 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:26:32 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis Fire Department is on the scene of a traffic accident at Hawkins Mill Road and New Allen Road. According to reports, two children were ejected from a vehicle and two others are missing.AMore >>
Five people were taken to the hospital after a traffic accident at Hawkins Mill Road and New Allen Road.More >>
At the corner of Plank Rd. and Scenic Highway sits a Chevron gas station. It's off I-110 near Memorial Stadium. Around 10 p.m.Sunday, a family stopped here to get gas. "Upon our arrival, we located threeMore >>
A man said he, his wife and his daughter were all punched because they were in the "wrong neighborhood" when they stopped to get gas at night. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:53 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:53:42 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A White Station football coach resigned following allegations that he physically disciplined a player. Memphis City Schools leaders said Devin Rutherford handed in his resignation Wednesday. RutherfordMore >>
A White Station football coach resigned following allegations that he physically disciplined a player.More >>
South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.More >>
North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said. It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy...More >>